Amandla Stenberg

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Amandla Stenberg
Born (1998-10-23) October 23, 1998 (age 18)
Los Angeles County, California, U.S.
  • Actress
  • singer
Years active 2011–present

Amandla Stenberg (born October 23, 1998)[1] is an American actress and singer. She is best known for her portrayal of Rue in The Hunger Games and Madeline Whittier in Everything, Everything. She is also known for releasing her debut single which is a cover of Mac DeMarco's song entitled "Let My Baby Stay".

Early life[edit]

Stenberg was born in Los Angeles, California, the child of Karen Brailsford, a spiritual counselor and writer, and Tom Stenberg.[2] Her mother is African American,[3] her father is Danish,[4][5] and her paternal grandmother had Greenlandic Inuit ancestry.[6] She has two older half-sisters on her father's side.[7][8] Her first name means "power" or "strength" in two South African language, IsiXhosa and Zulu.[9]


At the age of four, Stenberg started doing catalog modeling shoots for Disney. She has appeared in commercials for clients such as Boeing.[10][11] In 2011, she appeared in her first feature film, Colombiana, as a younger version of Zoe Saldana's character.[12] Her career breakthrough came when she was cast as Rue in the 2012 film The Hunger Games.[13] She voiced Bia in the 2014 animated film Rio 2.[14] Stenberg had a recurring role on season one of Sleepy Hollow. In the summer of 2015, she played series regular Halle Foster on Mr. Robinson.

In 2013, Stenberg began performing on the violin and singing harmonies at LA venues with singer/songwriter Zander Hawley as Honeywater. The folk-rock duo known as released their first EP in August 2015. The British Dazed magazine named Stenberg "one of the most incendiary voices of her generation" when it featured her on its Autumn 2015 cover.[15] Stenberg has spoken publicly on social media about cultural appropriation, including her video "Don't Cash Crop My Cornrows" and admonishing Kylie Jenner for her hairstyle.[16]

Stenberg is the co-author, with Stranger Comics' Sebastian Jones, of the comic book Niobe: She is Life, the first issue of which was published in November 2015.[17]

In 2017, she starred in the romantic drama Everything, Everything, directed by Stella Meghie,[18][19] and co-starring Nick Robinson. She will also play the lead in Amma Asante's World War II drama Where Hands Touch.[20]

Personal life[edit]

Stenberg considers herself an intersectional feminist.[17][21] She is outspoken about her political views in interviews and on social media, and was named "Feminist of the Year" in 2015 by the Ms. Foundation for Women.[22][23]

Stenberg identifies as non-binary,[24][25] and previously came out as bisexual;[16][26][27][28] however in an interview for Elle's September 2016 issue she was quoted as saying in part, "Bisexual is a word I am not too attached to [...] it implies a dichotomy that doesn't take into account trans people. So maybe pansexual is more accurate for me."[29]



Year Title Role Notes
2011 Colombiana Young Cataleya
2012 The Hunger Games Rue Won – Teen Choice Award for Choice Chemistry (shared with Jennifer Lawrence)
Nominated – Black Reel Award for Best Breakthrough Performance
Nominated – NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
The World is Watching: Making The Hunger Games Herself Documentary
2014 Rio 2 Bia Voice
2016 As You Are Sarah
Lemonade Herself Music video

Won - BET Awards for YoungStar Award

2017 Everything, Everything Maddy
2018 The Darkest Minds Ruby Filming


Year Title Role Notes
2012 A Taste of Romance Taylor TV film
2013–2014 Sleepy Hollow Macey Irving 4 episodes
2015 Mr. Robinson Halle Foster 6 episodes


  1. ^ "Biography- Amandla Stenberg". Retrieved July 14, 2015.
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  3. ^ "Colombiana in Mexico City". September 29, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Amandla Stenberg: "So excited to be playing Rue in The Hunger Games"". Hunger Games Network. Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Martin, Michel (April 3, 2012). "Should Kids See 'The Hunger Games'". NPR. Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Svensk Hungerspelen Fansida". Retrieved March 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Instagram". Instagram. 2014-04-11. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  8. ^ "Rookie » It’s a New Wave: An Interview With Amandla Stenberg". 2013-07-24. Retrieved 2016-05-06. 
  9. ^ "Amandla Means". Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  10. ^ "Up Close with Rue!". People March 28.2-12/
  11. ^ "Amandla's resume". Retrieved March 4, 2014. 
  12. ^ Jevon Phillips (September 23, 2011). "'Hunger Games' star on 'Colombiana' and life on the set". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved March 15, 2012. 
  13. ^ "'The Hunger Games' Pulls In Rue and Thresh". The Film Stage. April 18, 2011. Retrieved February 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ 20th Century Fox Film (February 22, 2013). "Twentieth Century Fox Animation Announces RIO 2 Casting". Business Wire. 
  15. ^ "Young, Gifted, and Black". BET. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  16. ^ a b Grinberg, Emanuella (11 January 2016). "'Hunger Games' star uses coming out as bisexual to promote #BlackGirlMagic". CNN. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  17. ^ a b Sanghani, Radhika (2 September 2015). "Hunger Games actress Amandla Stenberg making 'badass' black feminist comic". The Telegraph. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  18. ^ Kit, Borys; Ford, Rebecca. "Amandla Stenberg, Nick Robinson to Star in 'Everything Everything' (Exclusive)". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  19. ^ "Amandla on Twitter". Retrieved 23 February 2017. 
  20. ^ Tartaglione, Nancy. "Amandla Stenberg In Talks For Amma Asante’s ‘Where Hands Touch’". Retrieved 20 July 2016. 
  21. ^ Amandla Stenberg (4 March 2016). "@dazedfields and I are organizing a workshop on feminism". Tumblr. Retrieved 21 March 2016. 
  22. ^ Gupta, Prachi (16 December 2015). "Amandla Stenberg and Rowan Blanchard Named Feminist Celebrities of the Year". Cosmopolitan. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  23. ^ Gray, Emma (17 December 2015). "Amandla Stenberg & Rowan Blanchard Were Named Feminists Of The Year. Hell Yeah.". Huffington Post. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  24. ^ Morgan, Joe (4 March 2016). "Hunger Games actress says she 'doesn't feel like a woman all the time'". Gay Star New. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  25. ^ Stenberg, Amandla. "hi folks,". Tumblr. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  26. ^ "so I took over the teen vogue snapchat today". Tumblr. January 8, 2016. Retrieved January 8, 2016. 
  27. ^ Guglielmi, Jodi (8 January 2016). "Hunger Games Star Amandla Stenberg Comes Out as Bisexual: 'It's Deeply Bruising to Fight Against Your Identity'". People (magazine). Retrieved 1 April 2016. 
  28. ^ McCluskey, Megan (8 January 2016). "Hunger Games Actress Amandla Stenberg Comes Out As Bisexual on Snapchat". Time. Retrieved 20 April 2016. 
  29. ^ Jeffs, Lotte (2016-07-11). "Cover Star Amandla Stenberg Is Born To Rule". Retrieved 2016-08-11. 

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